2020 Chevrolet Trax vs 2020 Jeep Renegade

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 - Chevrolet, Crossovers, Jeep
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2020 Chevrolet Trax Premier Specs vs Jeep Renegade Pictures

SAFETY

Both the 2020 Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

 

TRAX

RENEGADE

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

207

Neck Injury Risk

26%

26%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

332 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

18 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

343/366 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

363

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

290/322 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

 

TRAX

RENEGADE

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

140

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

100

322

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

1087 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

WARRANTY & RELIABILITY

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Renegade’s (6 vs. 5 years). There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

The Chevrolet Trax engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Renegade’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Trax has a standard 525-amp battery. The Renegade’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

FUEL ECONOMY

On the EPA test cycle the Trax gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

 

MPG

Trax

FWD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

 

Renegade

2WD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

4WD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Trailhawk 1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trax uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Trax has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

BRAKES & STOPPING

The Trax stops much shorter than the Renegade:

 

TRAX

RENEGADE

Car and Driver 70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

181 feet

Motor Trend 60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

 

SUSPENSION, HANDLING & CHASSIS

The Trax has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Trax Premier AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test. The Trax Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Jeep Renegade.For excellent aerodynamics, the Trax LS has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

PASSENGER & CARGO CAPACITY

The front step up height for the Trax is 2.6 inches lower than the Renegade (16.8” vs. 19.4”). The Trax’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Renegade’s (16.8” vs. 19.6”). A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Trax easier. The Trax’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

ERGONOMICS

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Trax has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Renegade only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES

Insurance will cost less for the Trax owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Trax will cost $355 less than the Renegade over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $172 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Renegade, including $130 less for front brake pads, $445 less for a starter, $22 less for fuel injection and $262 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $1250 to $1944 less than for the Jeep Renegade.

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